Silver sleeve helps contain midtown Tulsa water main break

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 12/31/2013 5:27 pm Published: 12/31/2013 3:46 pm

An early morning water break on Tuesday could have put some businesses out of business.

That's what FOX23 learned from city employees who responded to the break near 41st and Harvard that happened around 2 a.m.

The water main break caused some concerns for drivers with water freezing on the pavement, but city officials said businesses in the area caught a break.

"Just ground shift, a ring around," said Kris Kannmore, a City of Tulsa employee.

That's what Kannmore told FOX23 caused the water line break near 41st and Harvard.

And it's the what FOX23 has been told has caused many water line breaks lately as temperatures have fluctuated, causing the ground and pipe to shift.

"There's always worse possibilities. If it would've been a blow out or a split, we would've had to kill it," said Kannmore.

By kill it, that means workers would have had to turn off water running to the line.

"In this spot, we have a whole bunches of doctors' offices and hospitals, and we didn't have to kill any of that," said Kannmore.

Otherwise those businesses could've been without water for hours.

That's what happened earlier this month after a water main break downtown put businesses there out of businesses for a whole day.

And given the location, Kannmore told FOX23 that impacts would've been wide spread because the valve to shut off water to this line isn't nearby.

"It's probably about three or four blocks north of here and about three or four blocks south of here," he said.

FOX23 was on the scene as crews were able to fix the leak, and when FOX23 checked with nearby businesses, they reported their water was running.

Workers said a silver sleeve on the pipe stopped it from leaking, and they told FOX23 that is a relatively easy fix.

If the pipe actually busted, the whole had been bigger, or if it had split down the line, then the repairs would've been much worse and the city would've had to lay new pipes.

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